Coming off a huge series split against the Astros, the Dodgers got another “big” series with the Padres tonight. The only thing big for me is the Dodgers getting fully healthy down the stretch given how the playoff format is setup this year,, but I digress.
Anyway, the Dodgers dropped the series opening against the Padres. It was a fun duel until the 7th inning meltdown by the Dodgers in a 7-2 loss.
Scoring opportunities were hard to come by, so it was significant that the Dodgers were able to take advantage of this in the 3rd. After Austin Barnes drew a one-out walk, Mookie Betts blooped a double down the right-field line. Corey Seager then managed to at least get a run home with a grounder to second, making it 1-0.
That was about all they got off Lamet, who went seven innings, giving up just the run on three hits and two walks striking out 11.
The next runner in scoring position for the game was in the 5th against Kershaw after a Jake Cronenworth double, which was promptly stranded by Kershaw
The game was tied in the 6th after Trent Grisham hit a solo shot to right off Kershaw, which was followed by a long pimp at home and then some chirping as he headed for home.
Kershaw was cruising until the 7th, which was the disaster inning. An infield single was followed by an out, but then a ground-ball single against the shift got him out of the game as he was at 99 pitches. Pedro Baez was first out of the pen and I pointed out what seemed true to me that made people mad or something.
Baez gave up a bloop double, then grounded it to Max Muncy who got caught in between going home or the bag and allowed the runner to score. He was tested again immediately, making a throwing error for another run, and he was replaced by Blake Treinen. Things didn’t get better as back-to-back singles loaded the bases and a ground out plated two more.
A Max Muncy walk and a Chris Taylor double got a run back but meaningless obviously.
Mainly what I learned today is how absolutely shook some fans are.
Hope the Dodgers do well in the playoffs even more now, lol.
The Dodgers are 33-15 on the year now, and are 1.5 games back.